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AFE 2022: Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS): Supporting Renewable Energy on the Railbelt Grid
February 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
We all love renewable energy from solar panels, wind turbines, etc. But what happens when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow? Join this conversation to learn about the latest Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) being implemented across Alaska, to see how the improved technology is helping to capture renewable energy for cleaner, greener grid power.
The price of utility-scale lithium ion batteries has plummeted in recent years, leading to a rapid uptick in interest in Alaska and around the world. Homer Electric Association’s recently constructed 93MWh Tesla BESS is the largest battery in Alaska by far, and can power HEA’s grid for up to 2 hours under summer loads. In early tests, performance has exceeded expectations. Learn how this system will save fuel, increase reliability and resilience, allow the integration of variable renewable power, and provide benefits to the entire connected Railbelt grid.
Erin McKittrick, Vice President, Homer Electric Association Board
Brian Hickey, Chief Operating Officer, Chugach Electric Association
Moderator: Allison Payne, Environmental Geologist, AECOM